Oldřich Vinař was born on 9. 12. 1925 in Brno, the Moravian Metropolis of the Czech Republic. He studied Faculty of Medicine Charles University in Prague and graduated in 1949. He was the only Czech member and correspondent of the ACNP (American College of Neuro-Psychopharmacology) and co-founder of the CINP.
Oldřich Vinař was one of the founders of the Czech Neuropsychopharmacological Society and the organizer of the oldest conference on this issue in the world, the Czech-Slovak Psychopharmacological Conferences in Jeseník Spa. The first one of these took place 6 months before the first CINP conference in the 1970. Oldřich Vinař contributed to the fact that the Czechoslovak school left an indelible mark in the field of the world’s psychopharmacology. He worked closely with the team of the Research Institute of Pharmacy and Biochemistry in Prague and this collaboration led to the clinical testing and introduction of original Czechoslovak psychotropic drugs. Oldřich Vinař established the system of continuous performance of controlled studies. With a considerable advance ahead of the development in the world, he understood that, together with the development of new drugs, it is necessary to compare their effects, and he created the original Czech scales that were used in the Czech Republic before these methods arrived from abroad.
Oldřich Vinař was a visionary, able to look ahead foretelling the evolution of psychiatry and he overtook the time with an array of his claims (e.g. the effect of smoking and gender differences on the effect of psychotropic drugs). His doctoral thesis (1991) was dedicated to the possibilities of predicting the effect of psychotropic drugs. The prediction was based not only on clinical signs but also on biological parameters including electroencephalography and concentration of catecholamine metabolites. How close was he to the current efforts for a personalized medicine!
Oldřich Vinař also belonged to those enlightened psychiatrists who tried to offer the colleagues from other disciplines and the laity an insight to the issue of mental disorders, showing them from a human and comprehensible point of view. With increasing age, he focused on philosophical themes that were always of his interest. The entire generation of Czech psychiatrists studied psychopharmacology from his textbooks “Psychopharmacs I and II”. The psychiatric community used to know Oldřich as a master of brilliant and often provocative discussions with an excellent memory. His professional attitudes and messages have never been forget.
Dear Oldřich, may your memory be honored forever.
Eva Češková, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic